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RISE/EFTS Joint International Workshop on Software Engineering for REsilient SystEms
Dates Nov 17, 2008 (iCal) - Nov 17, 2008
Location: Newcastle, UK
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Important dates
Submissions: Jun 30, 2008
Notification: Jul 28, 2008
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The SERENE 2008 workshop is an international forum for researchers and practitioners interested in the advances in Software Engineering for Resilient Systems. SERENE 2008 views resilient systems as open distributed systems that have capabilities to dynamically adapt, in a predictable way, to unexpected and harmful events, including faults and errors. Engineering such systems is a challenging issue which needs urgent attention from and combined efforts by people working in various domains. Achieving this objective is a very complex task, since it implies reasoning explicitly and in a consistent way about systems functional and non-functional characteristics.

SERENE advocates the idea that resilience should be explicitly included into traditional software engineering theories and practices and should become an integral part of all steps of software development. As current software engineering practices tend to either capture only normal behaviour, or to deal with all abnormal situations only at the late development phases, new software engineering methods and tools need to be developed to support explicit handling of abnormal situations through the whole software life cycle. Moreover, every phase of the software development process needs to be enriched with the phase-specific resilience means.


SERENE 2008 will be held in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)


The following constitutes a list of the key software engineering domains that the SERENE workshop will focus on. This list should not, however, be considered as closed or technically restrictive:

  • Formal and semi-formal modelling of resilience properties
  • Re-engineering for resilience
  • Software development processes for resilience
  • Requirement engineering processes for resilience
  • Model Driven Engineering of resilient systems
  • Verification and validation of resilient systems
  • Error and fault handling in the software life-cycle
  • Resilience through exception handling in the software life-cycle
  • Frameworks and design patterns for resilience
  • Software architectures for resilience
  • Component-based development and resilience
  • System structuring for resilience
  • Atomic actions
  • Dynamic resilience mechanisms
  • Resilience prediction
  • Resilience metadata
  • Reasoning and adaptation services for improving and ensuring resilience
  • Intelligent and adaptive approaches to engineering resilient systems
  • Engineering of self-healing autonomic systems
  • Dynamic reconfiguration for resilience
  • Run-time management of resilience requirements
  • CASE tools for developing resilient systems.


Technical papers: Original work addressing the topics targeted by the workshop can be submitted as technical papers. It may be theoretical or conceptual papers. Advanced "work in progress" paper might be considered for submission too.

Experience/Industry papers: Contributions of in-depth description of practitioner experience reports or case studies within the scope of SERENE are invited. Submissions should include sufficient information regarding the application domain and the lessons learnt.

PhD Forum papers: We encourage Ph.D. students to submit paper that present their objectives, methodology, and results mainly at an early stage in their research. The PhD forum session should provide a critical but supportive and constructive environment in which discussions about the subject are encouraged. It aims to provide useful guidance for the dissertation research.

Project papers: Short papers describing ongoing projects related to SERENE topics are welcome. Such papers shall highlight the main goals of the project and the achieved results.

Tool papers: Papers presenting new tools or new versions of the existing tools that support the development of resilient systems can be submitted to this session. Commercial as well as open source tools are to be considered.

Two dedicated sessions on formal methods for resilience and on resilience-explicit development are planned. We specifically encourage submissions to these sessions from the partners of two major EC ICT projects: ReSIST ( and DEPLOY (


Nicolas Guelfi (University of Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG) Henry Muccini (University of L�??Aquila, ITALY) Patrizio Pelliccione (University of L'Aquila, ITALY) Alexander Romanovsky (Newcastle University, UK)



The workshop has requested the cooperation status of ACM SIGSOFT, which will result in the workshop papers being published on the ACM digital library (pending approval).


All submissions are to be submitted electronically via the SERENE 2008 web site at Each submission should identify the type of contribution on the title page.

Papers should be formatted according to the ACM Proceedings Guidelines ( All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the international programme committee, to be assessed in terms of their relevance to the workshop topics, scientific and presentation quality, technical soundness and innovation. The page limit for technical papers is ten (10) pages. For Experience/Industry papers, Project papers, Tool papers, PhD Forum papers the page limit is six (6) pages.

All submissions must be received electronically. One of the authors of each accepted paper is to present the paper at the workshop. The authors will need to sign the relevant ACM copyright transfer agreement (pending approval).


  • Submissions due June 30, 2008 (extended)
  • Notification of acceptance July 28, 2008
  • Camera ready due by September 15, 2008


This CfP was obtained from WikiCFP